Weekly Wrap – Commencing Thursday the 14th July 2016

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Joie de vivre!
Happy French National
Day! As befitting a city with such a strong French community, there
are a number of Bastille Day-themed events taking place in Phnom Penh
tonight. Maestro Phil Javelle
will be at the Governor’s
House

with partner-in-rhythm Lewis
Pragasam
and
guest vocalist Magali
Nicolas
.
Kiss Kiss Bong
will be performing ‘pop
and folk classics, French and English songs’

at Tonle
Bassac hangout Cloud.
The newly-formed trio consists of Alice on violin, Solene on piano
and
Remi on cajon. 

 
video:
Norman King (tenor sax, right of picture) guested with Richy &
Friends at Est.
Bar

Over
at Est. Bar
tonight,
Richy & Friends
will be reprising their excellent jazz ensemble. It is really
quite
something
to see Larry
Martinez
(keys),
Andrey
Meshcheryakov

(bass) and Euan
Gray

(tenor sax) tearing through jazz
classics with
their
dazzling
technical ability, energy and passion – while
drummer
Richy Boisson keeps
the quartet moving along with his deft touch and clockwork timing.
The lesser-spotted
jazz guitarist:
Takeshi Yamauchi at Bouchon
– pic: Takeshi
Yamauchi Facebook

While
Phnom Penh is fortunate to have some really excellent Jazz musicians
playing around town on a weekly basis, the art of jazz guitar playing
is somewhat under-represented at the moment. We could name several
hot drummers, horn players, keyboardists and bassists but it is much
harder to find a gigging
guitar
player with
those hard-won
jazz chops. Takeshi
Yamauchi
of
the Japan Guitar
Shop

is
perhaps the sole practitioner to be heard at the moment. Takeshi will
bringing
his beautiful archtop guitars
and
expert playing to Farm
to Table

on Friday, accompanying
the smooth jazz vocals of his partner Machiko.
Jazz music
lovers
in the Kingdom of
Wonder be advised that a new
dedicated live club will be opening in
Phnom Penh within the next
couple of weeks – watch this Leng
Pleng
space
for more details!

Danny Lumen at Oscar’s – pic: Jim
Heston

A true veteran of the
Phnom Penh music scene will be in action on multiple occasions this
weekend. As a house player for Memphis Pub,
Oscar Bar and scores
of other bands and venues, bassist Danny
Lumen
has been one of the
musical foundations of the city since the mid-nineties. The
indefatigable Filipino has recently dusted off his upright bass to
lend an authentic 1950’s
element to rockabilly trio Joe
& The
Jumping Jacks
. Danny will be
joining
the Jacks at new venue Botanico
early
on Saturday evening.
The hugely versatile and skilled
bassist will also be appearing with hard
rock trio JADermeister
at
Sharky Bar
on Friday night and the Oscar’s
On The Corner

house band
Antti-Venom
on Sunday evening. Rock
on Danny!

Sharky Bar have
scheduled a bumper Battle of The Bands
for
early
next
month. Organiser Aleksei
Khalchenia
has
put forward a first prize of ‘a
full sound recording session (including mixing & mastering) with
a professional sound producer. Other prizes will be awarded from
sponsors and Sharky Bar.’
To
sign up for the event, set to take place on the 5th,
6th
and 12th
August, contact
Aleksei via Lioha-h@mail.ru
‘Not
just rock’n’roll but spaced-out rock’n’roll jungle cabaret!’
pic – CSP
website
More
exciting news has reached Leng Pleng Towers this
week – from mission control
of The Cambodian Space
Project
. Space
commander Julien Poulson
filled us in on the
band’s tour plans over the next few months, which will include
performances at the Splendor In The Grass
festival in Byron Bay, the No Borders festival
in Bern, and further dates in
Geneva,
Brussels and Singapore! The
Cambodian
Space
Project
plan to play on home soil again in August – check out the band’s
website
for all the latest updates. In
the meantime, CSP have released a suite of new music videos – each
of the tracks produced by legendary U.S. music producer Jim
Diamond
and
recorded at Siem Reap’s own 60
Road Studios
.
Check out the promo
for Demon
Lover
below
and see Julien’s Youtube
channel

for all the CSP videos.

Whatever you’re up to over the next few days, stay safe out there and… see you around the traps!

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